Sunday, 11 September 2011
Not the golden child anymore after the release of the galaxy s2, but my wife runs this phone and complained about the poor battery life.
So a quick check on kies shows a gingerbread update was available. Eh viola, firmware updated and the battery life is now nothing short of incredible, for a non power user (i.e. a lot of time at idle).
Life has gone from 2 days to nearly 10 days this week!
Shows how good a rom can be, cmon samsung sort out the s2 firmware please to be even half as good as this.
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Basically its a very smart clock with some weather assessement tools added on all in a very attractive iphone esque design.
Heres what oregon say on their website :
"The Ultra-Thin Weather Station is the height of design with its sleek profile and lustrous white finish. Ideal for use on a desk, on a wall, or next to a bed, you’ll have all the information you need to plan your day. Radio Controlled time is always precise and never needs adjusting.. Indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity keep you in the know, while an iconic weather forecast indicates future weather conditions."
Well to be brutally honest, its because oregon sent me a unit to review!
Was i in the market for one? nope, i am however always up for reviewing items and this one had mean keen to see if it was any good.
I have in previous years bought one of the projection alarm clocks (not an oregon make) but i have to say aside from being "fun for 5 minutes" its usefulness was shortlived leaving me with a bulky alarm clock.
This "weather station" certainly had its work cut out, trying to prove its more than a glorified clock.
So onto the review, open and honest with no bias.
- batteries for unit and sensor are provided in the box (top marks oregon)
- shock and surprise, but the weather forecasting function seems to be reasonably accurate
- well built for a gadget of this type
- seperate sensor allows free positioning of the clock unit anywhere you want
- stylish design : from a personal point of view the clear and white design is really classy and fits well with modern colours
- magnetic perspex stand is a neat touch
- clear design, easy to read display, buttons for toggling options easy to use.
- mid range reasonably priced at £49.99 for this type of product
- clock unit is very slim, about the size of a normal CD case
- Instructions are not necessarily clear as to where the remote sensor should be, and whether it should be outside or not
- limited to only one sensor (only one possible outside temp)
- not sure what happens if you lose the sensor!
- really, how useful is a 12-24hr forward forecast? in modern times I have a smartphone that does this.
Others to consider
Initially i was very sceptical that this weather station would be of any use at all.
[UPDATE 31/10/11 No2 ! : ok so its so smart it auto-updated my corrected time to the wrong time (+1) again at some point today! So I have set the time zone offset to -1 by using the procedure below.
This fixes it for now but means it wont auto adjust during GMT / British summertime shifts twice a year, and will therefore need changed again march 2012
Sounds like a flaw to me. Shouldnt radio controlled alarms account for GMT changes ????
Anyway instructions on how to change offset below from the Oregon manual
MANUALLY SET CLOCK
To set the clock manually, disable the clock signal
1. Press and hold MODE.
2. Press / to change the settings.
3. Press MODE to conﬁrm.
The settings order is: time zone, 12/24 hr format, hour,
minute, year, calendar mode (month – day / day – month),
month, day and language.
Time zone offset sets the clock +/- 23 hours from the
received clock signal time.
NOTE If you enter + 1 in the time offset setting, this will
give you your local time plus one hour. If you are in the US
(BAR800A) set the clock to:
0 for Paciﬁc time +1 for Mountain time
+2 for Central time +3 for Eastern tim]